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On 1 January 2010 Växjö University and the University of Kalmar merged to form Linnaeus University. Linnaeus University has taken its name from Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), the most famous and world-renowned Swedish scientist of the last few centuries. While the university is firmly rooted in the Småland region of southern Sweden where Linnaeus was born, our activities, like his, have no boundaries.
With 34,000 students and 2,000 employees, Linnaeus University is one of the larger universities in Sweden. The concept of close connections is a guiding principle in our work. At Linnaeus University there is an active student life, with close relations between students, researchers and other members of staff. Each year more than 1,000 international students from around 50 countries all over the world come to Linnaeus University to spend a semester or a year.
The City of Kalmar
The city of Kalmar is situated on the beautiful southeast coast of Sweden. Despite Kalmar being a modern city with about 60,000 inhabitants, the city has managed to keep its old charm. Old buildings have been preserved and the new ones have been adapted to fit into the old environment. The University is no exception. It is situated in old buildings of great social and historical interest as well as in modern, specially adapted buildings, blending the old and the modern, just like the city of Kalmar.
Kalmar is one of the oldest cities in Sweden, and once it was even the third biggest town in the country. History waits behind every corner, and you will find traces of all historical times. Kalmar is a fairly small, beautiful and very pleasant city to live in. You will soon find your way around and feel at home. Take a walk on the cobbled streets in the old town and finish with a visit to Kalmar Castle, which has a history going back 800 years. Today the castle is a living Renaissance palace, available for events, parties and conferences.
In Kalmar everything is close at hand. You only have to cross the Öland bridge (approximately 6 kilometres long) to reach Öland, an island which is one of Sweden’s most visited tourist spots and which sports a unique countryside and wildlife. Kalmar offers a wide range of activities, including boating, golf, tennis, football, athletics, and swimming.
The City of Växjö
Växjö is the "capital" of Kronoberg County in southeastern Sweden. The city is situated 250 kilometres northeast of Copenhagen and 420 kilometres southwest of Stockholm. Växjö is located in the province of Småland, also known as the Kingdom of Crystal, as some of the world’s finest glassworks like Kosta Boda and Orrefors are located here. Växjö is surrounded by a beautiful countryside. Forests, lakes and rivers make Småland an attractive area for those who love outdoor activities. Växjö itself is a modern city more than 80,000 inhabitants.
Non-Credit introductory Swedish
In addition to your regular study programme, Linnaeus University offers an optional non-credit introductory Swedish course free of charge. The course consists of 30 contact hours with classes one evening a week. Apply for the course when applying to Linnaeus University, using the on-line application for exchange students. Students are admitted on a first come, first served basis.
Introductory Swedish for Credit
Linnaeus University also offers credit introductory Swedish courses. Each course is worth 7.5 credits and you can take up to 22.5 credits in total. Students studying only freestanding courses have priority to the courses. The 7.5-credit course is scheduled as an evening class, and classes consist of lectures, seminars, group work, laboratory work as well as independent studies. Apply for the course when applying to Linnaeus University, using the on-line application for exchange students. Students are admitted on a first come, first served basis.
At Swedish universities, students usually study only one or two courses intensively at a time, followed by an exam for each course (consecutive scheduling), instead of studying several different courses simultaneously, with a midterm and a final exam for each course at the end of the term (parallel scheduling).
The duration and extent of courses and programmes are expressed through the credit system used. One semester (20 weeks) of full-time studies corresponds to 30 credits or 30 ECTS/approximately 15 US semester credits. Freestanding courses and modules are generally 7.5 credits each and usually run for five weeks. Full-time studies requires 40 hours of studies (including class time and own studies) per week.
All exchange students are required to be full-time students (enrolled in at least 30 credits per semester) during their stay at Linnaeus University. Choose between applying for one full-semester 30-credit course or combine several freestanding courses. Courses and programmes are offered both at first (undergraduate) and second (master) cycle.
A full-semester course consists of one semester (20 weeks) of full-time studies, divided into several modules. If you choose a full-semester course, you are required to follow the course and the modules exactly as listed in the course outline. You are only able to combine a full-semester course with freestanding courses if the freestanding course(s) are studied in addition to the full-semester course. Individual modules from different full-semester courses or programmes cannot be combined.
Credits per semester
30 credits (1 credit equals 1 ECTS or approximately 0.75 US credits) Credits per week: 1 week of full-time studies equals 1.5 credits Work load: 40 hours per week including lectures, group work, seminars, and independent studies. One semester of full-time studies corresponds to 30 credits or approximately 15 University of Scranton credits. Individual courses are generally 7.5 credits (five-week courses in a single subject area) and run consecutively, not simultaneously. A 7.5 credit class is equal to 6 University of Scranton credits.
Some of the disciplines in which courses are taught in English include: Archeology, Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, History, International Business, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Peace Studies, Political Science and Sociology. More information on courses may be found at: Linnaeus University Courses.
All courses include written and/or oral examinations. As a rule, there are no final exams covering the entire semester’s course work (i.e. grouping the modules together when enrolled in a 30-credit course) or covering an entire study program. There are two success marks awarded in the Swedish university system: "Pass" – "G" and "Pass with Distinction" – "VG". If you fail an examination, it may be possible to re-sit the examination later in the semester. The teacher will inform you of the re-examination date. Only successfully completed courses are recorded on your official transcript. Independent projects and short papers are other examination forms required in some fields of study. The work you have carried out is presented in a seminar where other students and the teacher critically evaluate your work. The grading system is similar to that of an examination.
To some international students, relations between students and teachers at Linnaeus University may seem very informal. Students are encouraged to ask questions, both in the classroom and outside. Classes often consist of discussions around chosen topics rather than teacher-provided lectures. Learning and teaching is considered a two-way communication. Don’t hesitate to ask a question about
things you don’t quite understand or comment on issues you disagree with. Teachers will expect you to call them by their first name, as students and teachers consider one another equals. This does of course not imply that the teachers will accept anything but your best performance in class and during examinations.
Housing in Kalmar
Exchange students are guaranteed accommodation in Kalmar, provided that the online application is completed and submitted prior to the relevant deadline. The deadlines are: 1 May (autumn semester start) and 1 October (spring semester start). You will be sent a list with various housings options. You should be aware that you are not able to change accommodation during the semester. The majority of exchange students are housed centrally in Kalmar. The university will easily be reached by foot, bike or bus.
Housing in Växjö
All exchange students are guaranteed accommodation on the condition that the accommodation section of the online exchange application is completed prior to the relevant deadline. Please be aware that we can’t provide you with your address prior to arrival! Accommodation in Växjö is provided in two areas of the city, on campus and in the city centre. You are not able to reserve housing in a specific area on your application. Rooms and apartments are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that those students who submit their complete applications early will be placed first Students are offered different types of accommodation possibilties: shared apartment, private apartment and private dorm room with private bathroom.
As of autumn semester 2009, the University has increased the number of shared apartments available on campus. This means we are able to offer an additional 150 exchange students on-campus housing. Shared apartments available to exchange students are studio (one-room) apartments shared by two students. All apartments are located in our newest residence buildings and include a private kitchenette and bathroom. The library, classrooms, computer labs, and the student pub are all a couple of minutes away by foot. Sharing an apartment is a chance to live on campus, and a good way to get to know a fellow exchange student well. It is also the least expensive accommodation alternative.